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Chapman University Class of 2027 Sets Milestones for DEI Enrollment

Today, Chapman University welcomed the Class of 2027 as students from 46 states and 59 countries converge on campus for the start of their college journey.

The university’s admission office received an overwhelming application pool, processing a total of 16,146 applications for the first-year cohort, along with an additional 1,520 transfer applications. This surge in interest marks a historic high for Chapman, solidifying its position as a nationally ranked institution for higher learning.

Class of 2027 at a Glance

Average GPA: 3.79
Average scholarship award: $30,911
Total undergraduate financial aid awarded: $65 million

Latinx, First-Generation College Students on the Rise

Chapman University’s commitment to diversity is showcased by the composition of the Class of 2027. A noteworthy 19% of incoming first-year students identify as Hispanic or Latino, a significant increase from the 17% reported in the previous year. This surge furthers Chapman’s effort as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Additionally, a substantial 48% of incoming first-year students self identify as people of color.

An inspiring 21% of the incoming class comprises first-generation college students.

The strength of our incoming class speaks volumes about the quality of experience we offer. Our financial support, academic opportunities and close-knit campus community are becoming widely recognized,” said Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Assistant Vice President of Admission.

Chapman University supports its first-generation college students through the Promising Futures First-Generation Program. This initiative ensures the academic, social, and professional growth of these students and their families. The program kicks off with the Summer Bridge program, designed to help these students navigate the intricacies of college life. Tailored workshops, such as the “Dinner with…” series and Financial Literacy workshops, continue throughout the semester. Student-led initiatives like the School of Communication’s Trailblazer Program provide a supportive academic environment for these students.

Pioneering Health Sciences and Engineering

Chapman University’s dedication to meeting community health care needs is reflected in the class composition. Over 13% of the incoming students have chosen majors in health sciences fields within the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Meanwhile, the Fowler School of Engineering has seen an extraordinary 52% rise in applications since its establishment in 2020. Notably, computer science has surged to become the fifth most popular major among incoming students.


About Chapman University

Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally ranked private university in Orange, California, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. Chapman serves nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students can choose from 123 areas of study within 11 colleges for a personalized education. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution. Students at Chapman learn directly from distinguished world-class faculty including Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur fellows, published authors and Academy Award winners. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. The university features the No. 4 film school and No. 60 business school in the U.S. Learn more about Chapman University:


Carly Murphy